LeBron James Nearly Brought to Tears, Says He Can Relate to Michael Jordan Getting 1st Championship

Omar Guerrero
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Watching episode four of “The Last Dance, ” ESPN’s documentary series on the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 season, left LeBron James close to tears last Sunday after seeing Michael Jordan cry.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar understands where the emotions of his idol were coming from.

Jordan won his first title in 1991 after several years of hard-fought battles with the Detroit Pistons prepared him and his team to become champions.

It took the Bulls legend seven grueling years to hold the Larry O’Brien Trophy in his hands, while James endured nine years of struggle to reach the mountaintop. It’s no wonder that James was able to empathize with Jordan when the episode aired.

However, the Lakers’ 17-year veteran didn’t cry when he won his first two championships back in 2012 and 2013 when he was still playing for the Miami Heat.

It wasn’t until he won a title in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers when James finally let the tears flow. Going back to his home state and winning a championship for the team that drafted him likely made his third title more meaningful.

If the NBA returns to finish out this season, James’ emotions could carry over and inspire him to bring another championship to the Lakers franchise.

The league went on hiatus last month after the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. The league has not seen action since then.

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Omar is a former writer for King James Gospel. The very first team he rooted for was the Showtime Lakers and his favorite player back then was James Worthy. Seeing the Purple and Gold win back-to-back championships in the '80s made him a basketball junkie for life. He has witnessed and celebrated every Lakers championship since then and is now looking forward to a new era of basketball in Tinseltown led by LeBron James.